Homily (Reflection) for Thursday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (31st October, 2019) on the Gospel
Ps 108:21-22.26-27.30-31. (R.v.26);
Topic: Watch their remarks.
Some Pharisees said to Jesus in today’s gospel, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” He replied in part,
...today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed outside Jerusalem. Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it!
Jesus’ remark about Jerusalem is certainly not complimentary. Yet the city and its inhabitants ignored it. Hence, His efforts to gather them together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings proved abortive.
We often talk evils. Sometimes, we target these against one other. And maybe because these, many do count whoever makes negative comment against them as their enemies.
It is wrong to go about looking for people to speak well of us. However, some do overdo it. Both positive and negative comments people make about us are worth giving attention. Negative comments are neither in themselves enough sign of hatred nor positive ones signs of love. Both positive and negative comments might aid us discover ourselves more.
Bible Reading: Jn 12:37-43.
Thought for today: Why do they talk?
Let us pray: Lord, give us the grace to discern why others talk – Amen.
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